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Getting Started With Exporting: Training and Educational Resources to Help You Take the First Steps

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Getting Started With Exporting: Training and Educational Resources to Help You Take the First Steps

By plester, Former Contributor
Published: July 21, 2014 Updated: August 22, 2014

With two-thirds of the world’s purchasing power in foreign countries, exporting represents a big opportunity to tap in to new markets, expand your customer base, and grow your business.

However, getting started with exporting can sometimes feel like a complex maze of regulations, policies, and other barriers. To help small businesses understand how to overcome these barriers and prepare to sell internationally, the federal government has several free training and educational resources that enable entrepreneurs to chart the path to exporting success. 

  • The Small Business Administration provides a wide range of online and in-person training related to exporting. The Introduction to Exporting course helps determine if exporting makes strategic sense for your business and whether you are ready to take the next steps. The Export Business Planner is a free, customizable document that enables you to work through the critical processes of export planning.
  • Through its network of trade finance specialists located in 19 U.S. Export Assistance Centers (USEAC) throughout the country, the SBA provides training and counseling on trade financing and U.S. government export financing programs to both lenders and small businesses. USEACs are a valuable resource for small business exporters, combining the international marketing expertise of Commercial Service staff with the trade financing expertise of SBA (and in some cities, the Export-Import Bank) staff in one location. Find an Export Assistance Center near you.

For more on exporting, including information on Small Business Administration export loan programs and other financial assistance, go to sba.gov/exporting.

About the Author:

Paul Lester

Former Contributor

I am an author for the the SBA.gov Community, writing about topics that matter to you as a small business owner. Our ongoing goal is to improve this site to meet your needs, so we're happy to receive your feedback and participation. Thanks for joining our online Community here at SBA.gov!

Comments:

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Export business involves lot of formal procedures to get started with, also thorough knowledge is important to counter any legal formality, believe this kind of knowledge based programs will definitely help exporting units to get upper hand.
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Starting a global company is very hard to do. One of the questions that people always ask is how do I get funding to get started. Thanks for writing this blog, I will definitely be sharing it.
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Export Business has lot of legal and other issues and you covered many of the concerns , Thank you very much
exports are important, it will help businesses grow more
Starting a global company is very hard to do. One of the questions that people always ask is how do I get funding to get started. Thanks for writing this blog, I will definitely be sharing it.
There are a lot of different ways to run a small business. As a local San Diego electrician I realized installing Ceiling Fans, Breakers, Troubleshooting electrical and making electrical repairs was only half the job. The business aspect is the other half.

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